Serious talk for serious golfers

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The podcast network for serious golfers. TalkinGolf launched as an online audio show way back before podcasts (or even the iPhone) were a thing. We've been on an extended break since 2012 but now we're back and creating new and interesting content each week as well as a sprinkling of some of the best stuff from the archives.

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  • Episode 120: TGH 120: A Historic Trip to Scotland

    July 18th, 2024  |  Season 6  |  47 mins 14 secs
    golf, golf history, perrygolf, royal troon, scotland, st andrews, the open

    The Society of Golf Historians is flying to Scotland in August of 2025 and we want you to join us!

    Today on the show we are joined by the President and Co-Founder of PerryGolf, Gordon Dalgleish, who shares the early history of PerryGolf and how it was one of the early pioneers in the golf travel industry.

    Gordon and I then pivot to discuss The Society of Golf Historians Trip to Scotland with Gordon providing some color into some of the Open's most famous venues.

    The trip will be unlike any other - PerryGolf is scheduling the golf, hotels and travel accomodations and I am scheduling the extracurriculars which include walking tours of St Andrews, a live recording of the TalkinGolf History Podcast and some things I dont want to share in the media (but will be amazing).

  • Episode 119: TGH 119: The History of Calvin Peete

    July 7th, 2024  |  Season 6  |  1 hr 4 mins
    calvin peete, golf, golf history, pga tour, players championship

    When you think of the American Dream - that wonderful tale of a rags to riches story - few can beat the story of Calvin Peete. From climbing into trees in orchards, to shattering his elbow, to becoming a pool shark , then a golf hustler to a Vardon Trophy winner, and Players Champion on the PGA Tour - Calvin's story is a tale of the struggle to become someone in this world.

    This podcast was only made possible by Gordon Hobson and his wonderful book, Calvin Peete, Golf's Forgotten Star.

  • Episode 118: TGH 118: The Gathering at Pinehurst

    June 6th, 2024  |  Season 6  |  1 hr 44 mins
    donald ross, golf, golf history, pinehurst, us open, usga

    As we close in on the 124th playing of the US Open at Pinehurst, I thought it would be a great time to rollback the podcast to a show we recorded during the pandemic.

    Recorded and filmed from Golf Club Atlas Headquarters in Pinehurst, NC, this podcast includes the Founder of Golf Club Atlas, Ran Morrisett, Kyle Frantz Golf Design, former President of the Donald Ross Society, Brad Becken, CEO of Story Lounge Film Company and current President of the Donald Ross Society and myself.

    A great podcast that celebrates Pinehurst and the genius of Donald Ross.

  • Episode 117: TGH 117: Instruments of Change: Mosk & Sifford

    May 22nd, 2024  |  Season 6  |  58 mins 4 secs
    charlie sifford, golf history, pga, pga championship, stanley mosk

    We welcome author Peter May back to the podcast to discuss his latest book: "Changing the Course: How Charlie Sifford & Stanley Mosk Integrated the PGA."

    A wonderful expansion on the DocuPod I recorded years ago by the title: "The Caucasian Clause." Peter May's study of the events that took place between 1896 and 1962 was thorough and tells the story, while not a happy one, of the creation of the PGA, the PGA Tour and the PGA Championship we know today.

  • Episode 116: TGH 116: The Myths of the Masters Part 2

    March 31st, 2024  |  Season 6  |  52 mins 1 sec
    augusta national, golf, golf history, green jacket, holy grail, the masters

    We welcome back Golf Historian, Greg Lamb for the second part of this two part podcast - "The Myths of the Masters.'

    We started part 1 talking about assassinations and we end this podcast with the possible location of both the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail - can you name another podcast with this much range?

    Tune in - and enjoy some good stories sprinkled in with some great golf history.

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  • Episode 115: TGH 115: The Myths of the Masters Part 1

    March 24th, 2024  |  Season 6  |  48 mins 22 secs

    This show is dedicated to proving or disproving some of the many myths that surround Augusta National and the Masters. We welcome back golf historian, Greg Lamb who joined us last year for our show: "Before Augusta National."

    This show will be a two part podcast. Please enjoy the lighthearted story telling of "The Myths of the Masters."

  • Episode 114: TGH 114: VaughnCon III: Defending Your Course

    February 18th, 2024  |  Season 6  |  43 mins 50 secs
    belleair, donald ross, golf, golf course architecture, golf history, jason straka

    Welcome to season 6 of the TalkinGolf History Podcast- I sincerely apologize for the delay to kick off this new exciting season. Today we have a special show...another edition of VaughnCon where we get extremely blunt on our golf course architcture takes. This is a jointly owned podcast between TalkinGolf History, the Donald Ross Society and Golf Club Atlas. Our special guest today is Jason Straka of Fry-Straka Design.

  • Episode 113: TGH 113: The Golffice

    December 17th, 2023  |  Season 5  |  1 hr 7 mins
    golf, golf history, golf museum, golffice, open championship, st andrews, us open

    Someone of you asked for it and now all of you have to live with it;) Episode #113 dives into my mini-museum known lovingly as the Golffice. I break down my history with these historical items - tell a bit of their backstory and answer listener questions on how to build your own collection and the rehashing some of my terrible mistakes..."yes I could have bought Ben Hogan's clubs 15 years ago and would have made a profit of $350,000 had I sold them today."

    The Golffice is my happy place and now I am going to share it with all of you.

  • Episode 112: TGH 112: The Restoration of Cobbs Creek

    November 27th, 2023  |  Season 5  |  1 hr 19 mins
    cobbs creek, gil hanse, golf, golf course architecture, golf history, philadelphia golf

    It didnt get a lot of press a couple of months ago, but the restoration of the famed Cobbs Creek Golf Course is underway in Philadelphia. This public golf course was once one of the shining lights of public golf when it was designed and with Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner on their dozers, I wouldnt bet against Cobbs Creek becoming a beacon for how cities can embrace their public golf courses.

    What gets lost in this big story is how the dreams of two men (Cirba and Bausch) are about to come true. This is a story of how passion can overcome all odds.

  • Episode 111: TGH 111: The History of LIV Golf

    October 29th, 2023  |  Season 5  |  1 hr 13 mins
    alan shipnuck, golf, golf history, liv golf, pga tour

    The History of LIV Golf shares the early history of this rebel golf tour that whether you like it or hate it has changed the professional game of golf. We are joined on the podcast by journalist and author, Alan Shipnuck to discuss his new book, "LIV and Let Die."

  • Episode 110: TGH 110: The Rise & Demise of the Ben Hogan Company, Part 3

    October 15th, 2023  |  Season 5  |  1 hr 5 mins
    ben hogan, golf, golf equipment, golf history, spalding

    The third and final episode of the Rise and Demise of the Ben Hogan Golf Company. John Barba of MyGolfSpy joins us once again to tell the final chapter of this iconic brand, but unlike our other Rise and Demise stories, this brand may yet rise again!

  • Episode 109: TGH 109: The Rise & Demise of the Ben Hogan Company Part 2

    September 10th, 2023  |  Season 5  |  1 hr 7 mins
    ben hogan, golf, golf history, mygolfspy, rise and demise

    If you enjoyed part 1 of the Rise and Demise of the Ben Hogan Golf Company, then I highly suggested you find a quiet place to seclude yourself from the outside world and get ready for an insane golf history tale which includes sabotage, a Texas revolt, the acquisition of Pebble Beach and a plan to make it a private course for the Japanese Elite!
    Buckle up for The Rise and Demise of the Ben Hogan Golf Company Part 2 with special guest John Barba of MyGolfSpy.

  • Episode 108: The Rise & Demise of the Ben Hogan Golf Company

    August 27th, 2023  |  Season 5  |  1 hr 5 mins
    ben hogan, ben hogan golf company, golf, golf history, pga tour

    We are once again joined by John Barba of MyGolfSpy to dive into another historical tale from the golf manufacturing business.

    Today on our show we dive into Part 1 of the Rise & Demise of the Ben Hogan Golf Equipment Company. This epic tale starts in 1953 and sadly ends in 2022 with the last and perhaps final demise of this famous brand.

  • Episode 107: TGH 107: VaughnCon Rambling On Golf Course Architecture

    August 13th, 2023  |  Season 5  |  1 hr 1 min
    golf, golf course architecture, golf design, golf history, golf restoration, landmand

    I have no idea how to describe this episode other than to say that Vaughn Halyard and I started this podcast after playing Landmand for the third time and we had no agenda or a script.

    This is a bit different from our past podcasts, so if you are listening for the first time its not quite what we normally deliver, but I felt it was still worth publishing especially in its raw form. Just two friends who love golf history and golf design.

  • Episode 106: TGH 106: The Evolution of Royal Liverpool

    July 9th, 2023  |  Season 5  |  1 hr 23 mins
    golf, golf history, hoylake, major championships, royal liverpool, the open

    In this episode we celebrate the 2023 Open Championship and its host club, Royal Liverpool. We are joined by a familiar voice, Joe McDonnell who rejoins us on the podcast to talk about his home club.

    We tend to think of links golf as something eternal - something that is unchanged - or perhaps created by Mother Nature. Today we dive into all of the changes that have occurred at Hoylake and how the course has evolved to the course that will host this year's Open.

  • Episode 105: TGH 105: The Underrated John Ball, Jr.

    June 23rd, 2023  |  Season 5  |  1 hr 26 mins
    golf, golf history, hoylake, john ball, r&a, royal liverpool. golf history, the open

    With the Open Championship returning to Royal Liverpool, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to reshare the amazing history of John Ball, Junior. Ball was the first amateur in history to win a professional major and he was the most prolific winner of the Amateur Majors in golf history.

    This is the story of Hoylake's original hero - the man that helped bring the Open to Royal Liverpool - the golfer who became the first Englishman to win the Open.

    The underrated, John Ball, Junior.